Starring: Aksel Hennie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Julie R Olgaard,
Director: Morten Tyldum
A Headhunter risks it all to steal a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary
Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) is a successful yet diminutive headhunter, short in stature with a taste for the finer things. A gorgeous wife a fabulous home and a mistress for on the side, the only problem for Roger is that although he makes good money he doesn’t make that good of money. Enter Rogers side job, when not trying to fill high profile positions he moonlights as an Art thief. Enter Clas Greve (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) a former mercenary who happens to be in possession of a painting that could be Rogers final score. In the midst of acquiring the painting from Clas’ residence he finds his wife’s cell phone, bringing into question her ability to be faithful. The next thing Roger knows is he in the midst of a cat and mouse game and being hunted by Clas.
Headhunters is the first film based on the works of famed Norweigan Author Jo Nesbø, For those that don’t know Nesbø is considered to be the biggest author out of Norway since Stieg Larson. Headhunters is already being fastracked for an American adaptation with Mark Wahlberg rumored to be attached.
To go heavily into the plot would be to give away the constant twists and turns. The cast is stellar with Hennie (who can best be described as a Nordic Steve Buscemi) is able to exude such a level of empathy as Roger to ultimately win the audience over, slowly you find yourself pulling for the bug eyed art thief who is beyond being in over his head. Roger finds himself going from one extreme situation to the next trying to outwit Clas, the Man who is Rogers polar opposite Tall, Handsome, Wealthy and well trained in military tactics, Clas is everything that Roger wishes he could be.
Morten Tyldum’s direction brings to the screen a darkly humorous and surprisingly violent thriller that is a wild ride from start to finish. Headhunters odd mixture of offbeat characters in over there head mixed with a criminal element can best be likened to the works of the Cohen bros, Its Fargo meets The Thomas Crown Affair.